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100 haiku selections

100 Kokinshu selections

101 modern Japanese poems

This remarkable anthology features 101 modern Japanese poems by 55 poets, including Shuntaro Tanikawa, Minoru Yoshioka and Taeko Tomioka, carefully selected from the postwar period by the renowned poet and literary critic Makoto Ooka.


An ode to George Orwell’s “1984” told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.

62 sonnets and definitions : poems and prosepoems

The two collections in this volume present differing aspects of Japan’s most widely appreciated modern poet. 62 Sonnets appeared in 1953 when he was 22 years old. Definitions did not appear until 1975, and represents the author at the height of his mature poetic powers.

69 : sixty-nine

A year in the life of a high school student in 1960s Japan.

A burden of flowers

From the acclaimed author of “Still Lives,” this novel charts the bitter struggle for justice against the might of the pan-Asian drugs cartels and a nation’s cancerous political corruption.

A caring man

With no leads in stopping the “Final Event,” a massacre of epic proportions promised by a terrorist group’s leader, the Tokyo police are forced to contemplate the possibility of international terrorists targeting Japan.

A guru is born

Having lost his job and his girlfriend, Kazuo becomes a member of a religious sect, after seeing the Guru heal an old woman in a wheelchair. He soon discovers the secrets of success in the sect are much the same as the business world, the power of suggestion playing a …